Supporting 50+ platforms with customized tools

PEER’s objective is to provide a significant breakthrough in the innovative application of Web 2.0 tools to enable older people to maintain their mental abilities, to share their experiences and knowledge, to be socially interactive and to gain cognitive self-fulfilment. The aims are:

  • to identify and assess older people’s usability requirements through the use of participatory user-involvement methods;
  • to adapt a set of light weighted open source Web2.0 tools, supported by many 50 plus platforms, to these needs;
  • to translate this set of adapted Web2.0 tools into Dutch, English, German, Polish, Portuguese;
  • to develop accompanying didactical guidelines in 23 EU languages on how to provide peer-to-peer learning methods on social platforms;
  • connect operators of 50plus platforms with each other by arranging a number of network meetings;
  • to provide an EU-wide map of existing 50plus platforms on this website.


Online Social network platforms

We define social network sites as web-based services that allow individuals to (1) construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system, (2) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and (3) view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system. The nature and nomenclature of these connections may vary from site to site.


In PEER we focus less on the transmission or building up of knowledge but rather on ‘education for life’, in other words on non-formal and informal learning.

Formal learning

Learning that occurs in an organised and structured environment (in an education or training institution or on the job) and is explicitly designated as learning (in terms of objectives, time or resources). Formal learning is intentional from the learner’s point of view. It typically leads to validation and certification.

Non-formal learning

Learning which is embedded in planned activities that are not explicitly designated as learning (in terms of learning objectives, learning time or learning support) but which contains an important learning element. Non-formal learning is intentional from the learner’s perspective. It typically does not lead to certification.

Informal learning

Learning resulting from daily life activities related to work, family or leisure. It is not organised or structured (in terms of objectives, time or learning support). Informal learning is in most cases unintentional from the learner’s perspective. It does not lead to certification.

Adults 50+

Since the biographical age has (almost) no meaning for physical and mental abilities, we define our indirect target group as people older than 50 years of age.


Sapere aude! Dare to be wise! - PEER has been funded with support from the European Comission.
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